William Henry Koebel
William Henry Koebel (1872 - 1923) was an English author and businessman. He is best remembered today for his books on trade and travel within Portugal (and Madeira)., the Caribbean, Central America and South America. His books continue to be studied today by academics.
Koebel was born in Kent, England. Having focused on Portugal in his earlier years as a writer, painting a detailed and colorful portrait of the country in its final months under a monarchy, he travelled the Caribbean, Central and South America. He worked to expand British trade in the regions, most successfully in Chile and especially the port of Valparaiso which was a major British trading port before the construction of the Panama Canal.